Reach out to the Community Cooking for the HomelessTo provide food for the homeless community and provide a volunteering opportunity for local residents who want to help.
Benefit of food provision
Food insecurity has been shown to have a negative impact on mental and physical health across the lifespan. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Foundation estimates that the number of adults facing food poverty has quadrupled. Providing food parcels has been a popular and effective community response to the increased demand for and pressure on community food support, particularly food banks. Community groups are well-placed to provide support to hard-to-reach groups and the clinically extremely vulnerable who are required to self-isolate. Their cultural understanding and local knowledge helps ensure provisions meet the needs of local residents. Food boxes encourage families to cook from scratch which is associated with a healthier diet and increased fruit and vegetable intake.
Reach Out to the Community (ROTC)
To provide funding for cooking equipment to enable ROTC to provide food for the homeless community in Manchester and provide a volunteering opportunity for local residents who want to help.
This was successful and appreciated by those who participated.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Helping people live healthier lives
Increased mental wellbeing
Addressing health inequalities
Community ownership and long-term sustainability
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Rachel Loopstra, ENUF, King’s College London, The Food Foundation. (2020). Vulnerability to food insecurity since the COVID-19 lockdown.
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